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Contact: David Johnson
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email: pubinfo@parks.ca.gov

January 12, 2007

Governor Appoints New Member to Boating and Waterways Commission

SACRAMENTO—The California Boating and Waterways Commission will meet January 18 to elect officers, discuss marina procedures to allocate slips to boaters, and consider funding $6.6 million in new loans and grants. The meeting is open to the public and will convene at 8:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 1209 L Street, Sacramento, California. The projects to be considered are:

San Francisco Marina — West Harbor
The Commission will consider a third-phase loan of $6 million to improve the West Harbor at the San Francisco Marina. The loan will be used to demolish existing berths and construct reconfigured berths in the West Harbor, upgrade electrical and water dock utilities, install new barrier-free access gangways with security gates, construct a new breakwater, replace the revetment, dredge and improve buildings.

Gridley Boat Launching Facility — Butte County
The Commission will consider a phase 1 grant of $635,000 to make improvements to the Gridley Boat Launching Facility along the Feather River in Butte County. The grant funds will be used to construct a new one-lane boat launching ramp, install two new boarding floats, construct a new parking area, restroom and sewer lift station, install a new fish-cleaning station, add slope protection and drainage, and install lighting, signage and secure access.

Lake Kaweah Boat Launching Facility — Tulare County
The Commission will consider increasing a previously approved grant to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for improvements to the Lake Kaweah Boat Launching Facility. The additional funds will cover an improved access road. The proposed project now includes construction of a new two-lane boat launching ramp, installation of one 10’ by 40’ aluminum decked boarding float, the construction of a paved parking area for 31 vehicle/trailer spaces and 20 single vehicle spaces, construction of an access road, construction of a four-unit barrier-free access block restroom with a septic and water system, the addition of security lighting, landscaping/irrigation, a host site, and a project credit sign.
The USACE will fund the boarding float, landscaping/irrigation, and the host site.

Stockton Waterfront Marina — San Joaquin County
The Commission will consider a change in project scope for a previously approved loan to the City of Stockton for improvements to the Stockton Waterfront Marina. The revised project includes 66 wet berths, 890 linear feet of guest dock, guest docks, 9 gangways with security gates, a 150-space dry stack storage building, 46 single parking spaces, a restroom, dock utilities, 83,000 square feet of walkway, lighting and electrical, a security system, landscaping and irrigation, and signs and ancillary items.

Department of Boating and Waterways loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission appointed by the governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan and principal interest.

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